Say Goodbye to the VW Bug… Maybe For Good This Time

VW Bug

If a VW bug is on your wish list, you may want to consider shopping for one soon. That’s because Volkswagen will soon bid a fond farewell to the Beetle, again.

Bye Bye Beetle

Yes, it seems the Beetle has once again overstayed its welcome at the brand and it could be for real this time. We say “could”  because there’s no way to really predict the future and, well, you just never know. (VW last pulled the plug on it in 2003 but brought it back in 2011.)

Word of the current model’s impending ride into the sunset comes via Volkswagen R&D chief Frank Welsch to Autocar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Welsch told the publication the Beetle “will not be replaced and will go out of production after its current generation”. No word on a final production date.

At one point, VW was reportedly considering an electric version but that’s reportedly been squashed.  So it would seem VW’s aspirations when it comes to its heritage ride on the electric I.D. Buzz Microbus due in 2021.

The VW Bug launched in 1938 in Germany. It arrived in the U.S. in 1949 and celebrated its 65th-year Stateside in 2014. The height of its popularity in the U.S. dates back to the 60s and 70s and those models remain iconic cult classics to this day.

The current 2018 model is the third-generation incarnation of the iconic bug of days gone by. Its starting MSRP ranges from $20,220 for the Beetle S to $26,790 for the Beetle Dune. A new EA888 Generation 3B four-cylinder TS replaces the outgoing 1.8-liter. It boosts Beetle’s power and torque to 174 hp and 184 lb-ft, along with improving fuel economy.

Photo Credit: Volkswagen

 

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  1. Joseph Wilkes 6 months ago

    Too bad. My wife had a 2013 Turbo Fender Coupe that I urged her to buy. It was too sporty for her, so she gave it up for a Subaru Impreza. But I really like the Beetle. The Turbo was a rocket and it looked kind of steely and cool. Great engine sound, too. The only two things that would have made it better would have been if VW could have gotten about 50 more horsepower from the engine and made it AWD. It would have been a coupe-like version of the Audi A4, and would have sold like hot cakes.

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